Internet users who distribute movies before they are sold in shops could face up to five years in prison under a proposed USA bill, that is to say, a plan for a new law. Video recording of movies in cinemas would also be prohibited. Those supporting the proposal say unauthorised copying costs film-makers an estimated $3 billion in lost sales.
The Motion Picture Association of America has tried to restrict the distribution of DVD previews to judges in film festivals. Illegal copies of movies end up being sold on street corners and made available through online networks just after they are shown in cinemas for the first time. This is due to audience members entering cameras into theatres and recording the film. If the bill becomes law, the maximum sentence for such practices will be five years plus financial damages.
Unauthorised video recording in cinemas is currently a crime in four states and the District of Columbia but it is legal in other states. “The person who puts online copyrighted material which is not legally available to the public should be penalized,” said California Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein. The law proposal has received strong support from the movie and music industries. They also hope to have permission to explore personal computers to search for illegal material.
I. READING COMPREHENSIONANSWER QUESTIONS 1-2 ACCORDING TO THE INFORMATION GIVEN IN THE TEXT. USE YOUR OWN WORDS.
1) What is the bill against?
- IT IS AGAINST THE ILLEGAL DISTRIBUTION OF MOVIES BEFORE THEY ARE SOLD IN SHOPS / AND AGAINST VIDEO RECORDING OF MOVIES IN CINEMAS (ONE IS ENOUGH)
- THEY GET THEM BY VIDEO RECORDING THE FILMS IN CINEMAS WHEN THEY ARE SHOWN FOR THE FIRST TIME (“GETTING THE FILMS FROM JUDGES” ALSO ACCEPTABLE)
ARE THESE STATEMENTS TRUE OR FALSE? JUSTIFY YOUR ANSWERS WITH WORDS OR PHRASES FROM THE TEXT.
3) Film makers lose $3 billion due to illegal copying.
- TRUE: “If the bill becomes law, the maximum sentence for such practices will be five years plus financial damages.” (lines 8-9)
- FALSE: “Unauthorised video recording in cinemas is currently a crime in four states and the District of Columbia but is legal in other states” (lines 10-11)
- FALSE: “They also hope to have permission to explore personal computers to search for illegal material. “ (lines 13-14)
II. USE OF ENGLISH7) Give one opposite for PROHIBIT (verb) (line 3)
“accessible and capable of being used” (adjective)
Jane Halifax is the president of the committee. She does not support the proposal.
- JANE HALIFAX, WHO IS THE PRESIDENT OF THE COMMITTEE, DOES NOT SUPPORT THE PROPOSAL
- JANE HALIFAX, WHO DOES NOT SUPPORT THE PROPOSAL, IS THE PRESIDENT OF THE COMMITTEE
Many illegal copies are being sold on street corners.
- If George had been a film star, HE WOULDN’T HAVE HAD MONEY PROBLEMS
Last week Julia said: “We will meet our new instructor tomorrow.”
- LAST WEEK JULIA SAID THAT THEY WOULD MEET THEIR NEW INSTRUCTOR THE DAY AFTER/THE FOLLOWING DAY (“TOMORROW” NOT ACCEPTABLE)